How to Knit short courses

Evening classes with Nicki Merrall

May–June 2022
Being Knitterly Studio, Loughborough, Leicestershire

To do the beginners’ short course you do not need any skills. You may have never knitted, have tried and struggled, or lack confidence with the basics.

To do the improvers’ short course you need to be able to cast on and off, knit and purl, as well as knit a square of garter stitch and stocking stitch.

Each short course comprises three classes. Each class takes place from 19:00–21:00 on Tuesdays. Book your course by choosing three dates from those offered. There is a maximum of five students per class.

Details below.

(6 customer reviews)




How to Knit for beginners

Learn to knit during this short course for beginners. This course is suitable for you, whether you have never tried or have tried and struggled.

You will start by learning how to hold the needles and yarn and make the basic stitches. At the same time, you will start to recognize knitting abbreviations and follow simple written instructions. By the end of the course, you will know how to make simple projects from squares and rectangles.

“This was a fantastic course. Now I have the confidence to embark on a project to knit a blanket.”


Beginners class content:

  1. Holding yarn and needles while casting on, knitting and purling, and casting off.
  2. Making ribs and moss stitch from knit and purl stitches.
  3. Joining knitted squares.


  • You have never tried to knit.
  • You have tried to knit and struggled or you lack confidence.

How to Knit for improvers

Learn new skills during the short course for improvers. This course is suitable for you if you know the basic stitches such as knit and purl.

You will use the basic stitches to make some simple accessories. At the same time, you will gain confidence in using abbreviations and written instructions, as well as symbols and charts. After finishing this course, you will have the confidence to try other patterns.

“I was thrilled with the new skills I learned and am eagerly looking forward to the next course. Meanwhile, I will be tackling some projects on my own that I would not have felt confident to try before this course.”


Improvers class content:

  1. Reading a simple knitting pattern, measuring stitch and row tension, keeping track of rows, changing colour, and keeping edges neat.
  2. Increasing and decreasing, finishing your knitting and sewing seams.
  3. Knitting in the round for small projects.


  • You can cast on and off, knit and purl and make squares of garter stitch and stocking stitch.

Further Information

Price includes:

  • Tuition.
  • Yarn for samples and projects.
  • A pair of knitting needles (for beginners only).
  • A summary of the techniques covered.
  • Refreshments.

Please bring:

  • Notebook and pen.
  • 4.0 mm knitting needles (improvers only).


Knitting needles will be available to purchase.


The Being Knitterly Studio is in a beautiful Edwardian house in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

After booking, Nicki will email you details and directions, as well as ask about your previous experience.

How we are keeping Covid safe.

Additional information

choose a date for your class

Tuesday 3 May 2022, Tuesday 10 May 2022, Tuesday 17 May 2022, Tuesday 24 May 2022, Tuesday 7 June 2022, Tuesday 14 June 2022, Tuesday 21 June 2022, Tuesday 28 June 2022

6 reviews for How to Knit short courses

  1. Jo Marshall (verified owner)

    I signed up to this course with my sister as a Christmas gift and what a wonderful course it was! Nicki is an excellent teacher and with clear step-by-step instructions, all materials and knitting needles, I really enjoyed learning how to knit (and actually did!) It was great to be able to make a complete project and we are definitely going to return for the next level class 🙂

    I really enjoyed the tuition, the company and, of course, the amazing cakes! Highly recommended!

    • Being Knitterly

      Thank you Jo! It was great to see you progress from the ‘all fingers and thumbs’ stage to knitting a variety of stitches and those characterful rabbits. Well done!

  2. Marie Bonsall

    My sister bought me this course for Christmas and I’d thoroughly recommend it for beginners; we’ll be going back for the improver’s course later in the year. The setting is lovely and very personal, ensuring you get plenty of instruction. Both Nicki and her husband are very welcoming; the cakes and flapjacks were delicious. It was both fun and relaxing to learn to knit during this course.

    • Being Knitterly

      Thank you Marie! I’ll have to keep a record of which cakes I bake for each class so I can make different ones each time! I look forward to seeing what you make before the next class.

  3. Angela (verified owner)

    I started the course with absolutely no experience of knitting. Several stitches, a rabbit, some lovely cakes and three weeks later, I am planning to knit my first scarf. Great value for money. Looking forward to the ‘Improvers course’.

  4. Jackie Hatfield (verified owner)

    This was a fantastic course. I couldn’t knit before and my New Year’s Resolution was to learn.Now I have the confidence to embark on a project to knit a blanket. I will return soon to learn to crochet. Thank you Nicki.

    • Being Knitterly

      That’s fantastic Jackie! A blanket is a big project; I’m looking forward to seeing it in progress and finished.

  5. Amy (verified owner)

    I had very limited knitting experience prior to completing Nicki’s fantastic beginners knitting course. I would recommend the course to anyone who wants to learn how to knit. I thoroughly enjoyed learning how to combine knit and purl stitches in different ways to create different knits. I can’t wait to apply what I have learnt to a project at home. I will definitely be attending the knitting for improvers course in the future.

    • Being Knitterly

      Thank you Amy, I’m looking forward to seeing what you make!

  6. Bridget

    I have just completed the beginners classes and have really improved in confidence with my knitting. Will be going on the improvers course. Thank you Nicki I have enjoyed the experience and will be returning to learn more.

    • Being Knitterly

      Thank you Bridget, it was great to see your skills and confidence increasing during the three classes.

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